Ripon College, established in 1851, is Wisconsin’s best-value private college and a national leader in innovative liberal arts education. Within six months of graduation, 98 percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching. After 10 years, Ripon graduates are the highest earners among all Wisconsin colleges and universities.
Ripon’s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops the 21st century skills employers seek while connecting students to career and professional development throughout their four years and streamlining the path to graduation. Catalyst ensures students have extensive freedom to complete multiple majors and minors, applied experiences, play sports, hold internships and graduate in four years, guaranteed.*
Ripon offers more than 80 areas of study along with unique pre-professional programs that provide qualified students preferred and early admission into graduate programs, and in some cases, a fast-track to earning sought after professional degrees sooner.
Ripon is a member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The College competes athletically as part of the Midwest Conference and offers 21 NCAA Division III varsity teams.
The new $23.5 million Willmore Center for athletics, health and wellness includes new high-tech classrooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, Wisconsin’s best NCAA indoor track and field, performance courts, fitness studios, athletic training center, an open air atrium, new conference and meeting spaces, and other enhancements. Other recent campus updates include an apartment-style residence hall; enhancements to the student union, dining facilities, student activity spaces; an upgraded recital hall; and, new applied learning classrooms to support our innovative curriculum. Our new Franzen Center for Academic Success, featuring free tutoring and mentoring services for all students in a contemporary tech-enhanced learning environment, opens in Fall 2019!
Ripon has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, and the average class size is fewer than 20 students.
The College is in the historic city of Ripon, Wisconsin—a friendly, safe community of just under 8,000 people. The campus comprises 250 tree-lined acres and 27 buildings, 10 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A sustainable campus, Ripon is home to the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy with 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna, and wetland habitat in the making.